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The Scorpion King (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  19 April 2002 (USA)
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A desert warrior rises up against the evil army that is destroying his homeland. He captures the enemy's key sorcerer, takes her deep into the desert and prepares for a final showdown.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathayus (as The Rock)
Tribal Leader


In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King. Written by Anonymous

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Warrior. Legend. King.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rey escorpión  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,610,794 (UK) (19 April 2002)


$90,341,670 (USA) (21 June 2002)

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Did You Know?


Director Chuck Russell wanted to incorporate a physical feat into the movie which only The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) could perform. That is why there is a scene where the Rock springs to his feet from a position where he is lying on his back. Russell said that he had never seen a 6'3" man do that. See more »


When Mathayus was chasing after Memnon, Memnon can be seen knocking out Cassandra, but when the camera changes you can see her getting knocked out again in the background, and then again once more. See more »


[first lines]
[the barbarian chieftain is holding up a skull]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Babylonians!
[the barbarians cheer, he holds up another]
Barbarian Chieftain: We have killed Mesopotamians!
[the barbarians cheer]
Barbarian Chieftain: But we have never had the pleasure of killing... an Akkadian.
Jesup: [Tied up] May the gods have pity on you, for my brother will not.
[Mathayas storms in and kills the Barbarians]
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References Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »


Along the Way
Written by Steve Felton, Jeff Hetrick, Tom Schmitz, Jason Popson, Jack Kilcoyne, Dave Felton,
Marko Vukcevich
Produced by Steve Felton and Mushroomhead
Performed by Mushroomhead
Courtesy of Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Fantastic Debut!
26 April 2002 | by (niagara falls, ontario, canada) – See all my reviews

The Scorpion King was a well put together screen and script. It was more than what was anticipated! The Rock was fantastic in his debut. There were a lot of rumors about this film, but I am glad I watched it and learned for myself.

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